Chaos and confusion at KZN matric exam centres

2008-05-06 00:00

THE first day of exams for the thousands registered to write their Senior Certificate Examination (SCE) under the old system got off to a chaotic start yesterday morning.

There was confusion at several centres in the province as registered candidates were told they were not in the system, while others were kept waiting for hours for admission letters from the Education Department.

Parents have criticised the organisation and planning of the exam, saying their children did not write under ideal conditions.

Candidates writing at Woodlands Secondary said they arrived as early as 7.30 am for the exam, yet they only started at 11 am, the time they were supposed to be finishing.

This was allegedly due to late admission letters, which they had attempted to collect from the district office, but were told they needed to pick up at the exam centre on the day of the exam.

Others, who claimed to have registered in time and even attended lessons provided by the department, complained they had to write without exam numbers as they were not on the list.

Parents also said a lot of the candidates went to the Woodlands Community Hall instead of Woodlands Secondary, and blamed their circuit office for not making a proper distinction between the two venues.

Meanwhile, a source in the Vulindlela Education circuit office reported that two centres under their circuit were in upheaval after students were refused entrance for not having timetables, while others did not know where they needed to write.

Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said the issue of timetables was a constant problem, simply because people do not pick them up.

“We have over 100 000 candidates writing, we cannot hold everyone’s hand.

“The onus is on each individual to ensure they are registered for the correct subjects and to pick up their timetables.

“We communicated that adequately. But if a problem arises like it did at Vulindlela, we will try by all means to correct it,” she said.

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